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Powdermill Avian Research Center News

Flights of Fancy at Powdermill Nature Reserve 

Visit Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for Flights of Fancy at Powdermill Nature Reserve, a fun-filled day of free nature activities and hands-on demonstrations for all ages! Many activities will feature this year’s theme: flights in nature.

Flights of Fancy takes place on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m, rain or shine. Free; no registration required. Visit the website of the Carnegie Museum  for information and directions.

Important information about bird banding during Flights of Fancy

To ensure the safety of the birds, bird banding takes place as long as weather permits, but may end earlier than anticipated. Please plan on arriving early to participate in this activity.

Bird banding and Flight Tunnel: 8 a.m.–noon     
Herpetology (reptiles & amphibians) Talks: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
Wildflower walks: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.                 
Geocaching: noon and 2 p.m.  
Electrofishing: 12:30 p.m.
Ongoing activities 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in the nature center:
Museum collections from sections of entomology, birds, mammals
Taxidermy demonstration
Exploration stations with touchable specimens
Nature drawing
Children’s activities

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase onsite; picnic tables are available at Powdermill for those who wish to bring their own lunch. This event is rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the great outdoors.



 BirdSafe Pittsburgh

Our citizen science project, BirdSafe Pittsburgh, recently launched a new website. With the help of the public we are recording instances of bird injuries or fatalities from building collisions in the city. Our volunteers help rescue injured birds and collect data which will allow us to reduce bird-building collisions in the future. 

This Spring, volunteers spent many hours looking for birds that had collided with windows in the Golden Triangle area of downtown Pittsburgh. If you are interested in walking a route or surveying your home, don't hesitate to contact us at You can also find out more information about BirdSafe Pittsburgh on Facebook

You Can Help...

If you would like to support the avian research conducted at Powdermill, why not consider our Adopt A Bird Band program. Adoptions also make great gifts for bird lovers, budding naturalists and conservation enthusiasts.




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